Yeah, You Have to Reach Up to Get It
May 30, 2018


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Doug Ducey, Republican governor of Arizona, says evolution should remain in state’s public school science standards.

I believe God created humanity. And I believe there are evolutionary forces at work in nature. … So evolution will remain part of the education curriculum. 

Expensive and Useless
May 29, 2018


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Ireland votes overwhelmingly to end the country’s ban on abortion, with two-thirds of the electorate voting to scrap the law. And yes, the words “rebuke” and “Catholic Church” are coming up a lot.

The Church of England offers a “skill” for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant platform, and Andrew Brown games out what follows: “The Humanists, the Muslims, the Catholics, the conservative evangelicals and even the Richard Dawkins Foundation will have to launch their own Alexa skills.” Okay, Marc Kreidler, Director of Digital Products and Strategy for CFI and the Dawkins Foundation, let’s get on it.

Laugh, Cry, or Scream
May 25, 2018


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Laurie Roberts at the Arizona Republic cites heavily the statement by our own Bertha Vazquez opposing the new draft science standards that gut evolution from public education. The Christian Post also covers the issue and Bertha’s statement, giving a lot more space to the state superintendent who did all the evolution-redacting.

Go Inside and Stay Inside
May 24, 2018


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That bill in Michigan that gives licensure to freaking naturopaths? We are not pleased.

“This bill is dangerous because it legitimizes fake medicine,” said Jennifer Beahan, executive director of CFI Michigan. “It would give the state’s blessing to unqualified practitioners of pseudoscience and their baseless remedies, meaning more people will waste their money and risk their health by pursuing quack treatments.” 

“Píso’s [Non-] Cure for Consumption”
May 23, 2018


Among the most notorious quack nostrums for consumption (tuberculosis), was “Píso’s Cure,” dating from the Civil War. It was no cure at all, and was cynically promoted by a trio of partners whom one writer terms, “a marketeer, a medic and a moneybags.”

Resoundingly Unpersuasive
May 23, 2018


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We’re working with American Atheists to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC in support of Dan Barker’s suit against the House Chaplain, who turned him away from performing an opening invocation for the House because of Barker’s atheism. That’s one way to keep Paul Ryan from firing you I guess.

Shady Editing
May 22, 2018


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Kenny Biddle does a deep dive for CSICOP.org into the claims made in the new “documentary” Demon House by Zak Bagans. The claims made about this particular house were already addressed by Joe Nickell in 2014, so Biddle is here to deconstruct the film itself…

With Special Guest Star Victor Garber as the Antichrist
May 21, 2018


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Heather Adams at Religion News Service profiles Voices of Reason, the only atheist choir in the U.S. Oh, and look who she quotes:

James Underdown, executive director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles, where Voices of Reason has performed several times, said the choir is a natural philosophic fit for their organization, whose mission is “to foster a secular society.”

“There’s a lot of music out there that celebrates religious beliefs,” Underdown said, adding that people in his community “appreciate hearing something that lands in their perspective every once in a while.”  

Too Many Rocks
May 18, 2018


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Finally, finally, finallywe have a new episode of Point of Inquiry, all ready to fill your ear-holes with podcast-tastic wonderment. A confluences of circumstances have delayed new episodes of the show, but I’m happy to say that this long-awaited episode has two amazing guests: Alan Stern, head of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, and his co-author, astrobiologist David Grinspoon. Share and enjoy.

God the Russian Bot
May 17, 2018


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The mother of a cancer-stricken 11-year-old girl is pleading with the public for financial help to save her daughter as treatment costs spiral out of control. They’ve come from the UK to Texas because of the promises of a cure from someone our community is all too familiar with: Stanislaw BurzynskiThe Grimsby Telegraph simply notes, “The Burzynski clinic is a facility in Texas that claims its treatments can cure cancer.” And it can’t.